NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Luminex reported after the close of the market Monday that its second-quarter revenues inched up 1 percent as a decline in systems and consumables sales was offset by a sharp rise in assay revenue.

The Austin, Texas-based firm reported total revenues of $48.3 million for the three months ended June 30, compared to $47.7 million for the second quarter of 2011. It missed Wall Street's consensus estimate for revenues of $49.2 million.

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